Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


Reel Causes: Screening of Salam Neighbor

Sun, 17 Jan 2016 3:30 PM

Salam Neighbor | Synopsis 

With the support of a local production company and the UNHCR, Chris and Zach are the first filmmakers registered and given a their own tent inside Za’atari, one of the world’s largest refugee camps on the Syrian – Jordanian border. With more refugees today than any time in the last century, at first the filmmakers are paralyzed by the sheer scale the world’s most pressing humanitarian crisis, and their own American misperceptions about who they are sharing the camp with. With Salam (Hello) Neighbor, Chris and Zach create an honest and poignant East meets West story by focusing on the personal relationships they develop with various members of the camp, and though their experiences, humanize an overwhelming crisis.

Every person who watches this film can play an active role in dispelling fear and unlocking the resources needed to create a positive future, not only for refugees, but for the entire region, and for our the new immigrants who have made the incredibly difficult journey to Vancouver. This is a story that encourages us not only to be global citizens, but global neighbours as well.

Running time: 75 minutes
Directors: Chris Temple, Zach Ingrasci

With Canada welcoming 25,000 refugees from Syria and other war torn states over the next year, Reel Causes’ Annual General Meeting proudly features Salam Neighbor, a film that directly addresses this humanitarian crisis and the men, women and children affected by it.

At the centre of creating a warm and caring community for these Canadian newcomers, will be neighbours who have a sense of the difficult situations that have brought them here. Salam Neighbor puts a very human face to Syrian refugees’ experiences, compelling us to re-evaluate mainstream media’s often negative misrepresentations. Supported by the UNHCR, Salam (hello) Neighbor’s young filmmakers take us inside Jordan, to Za’atari, the world’s second largest refugee camp just seven miles from the Syrian border. Fully embedding themselves in the camp and living alongside the thousands of Syrians struggling to restart their lives, the filmmakers connect us to the resilience, strength and creative power of people forced to flee their country to face new challenges – and opportunities.

Join us for this incredible story aimed at connecting the world to refugees, with proceeds benefiting War Child Canada’s work with Syrian refugee children in Jordan.

War Child Canada works with war-affected communities to help children through difficult circumstances with access to education, opportunity and justice. Proceeds from the AGM screening of Salam Neighbor will be donated to War Child Canada to help create nurturing, stable and protective environments for Syrian refugee children who have fled to Jordan.

About Reel Causes

Reel Causes a registered BC non-profit society that organizes screenings of high quality film events at Vancity Theatre & SFU every month.  Net proceeds raised through ticket sales support different local charities focused on poverty, disease, environment, health & social issues. Reel Causes also supports Canadian cinema and local artists through its events.

Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!


Entry by donation at the door.

Entry by donation at the door.


When: Sun, January 17, 2016. 3:30 PM (doors open at 2:30 PM, AGM at 3:00PM)

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Reel Causes

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